As November draws closer and closer, it’s almost time for the presidential election. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, we encourage all our students to vote. Whether you do that by going to the polls while staying safe or through the mail, your opinion makes a huge difference! With the majority of our students being female and now with the passing of women’s rights advocate, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we wanted to especially motivate the women in our community to have their voices heard.
Read our blog to learn more about the history of women voting and why it’s so important to hear from this group of people!
California’s Suffragette Movement
In California, suffragists were organized and fighting for voting rights as early as 1848 when the movement for women’s voting rights began nationwide. From talking to people on the street to advertising their mission on billboards throughout the state, these advocates spent years fighting for this cause. All their hard work finally paid off! After a narrow election in 1911, women were given the right to vote in California and San Francisco became the most populous city in the world where that was possible. This accomplishment in the Golden State paved the way for other states to keep fighting and eventually led to the passing of the 19th amendment.
The 19th Amendment
Just last year, the United States celebrated its centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment. As many people know, this amendment passed in 1919 said that every state could not deny someone the right to vote based on their sex. Of course, this milestone didn’t happen overnight. What’s now known as the 19th amendment was originally proposed to Congress in 1878. But it wasn’t until the influence of the women’s suffrage movement, like the one in California, that this was able to become possible. The 1920 election was the first one that granted women from every state the opportunity to vote!
Voting Rights for All
While the 19th amendment was a step in the right direction, the work for giving voting rights to all women was far from done. Women of color were often barred from voting at polls that were only allowed for white men and women. The fight to extend the same rights white women were granted continued up until 1965 with the Voting Rights Act. This act finally prohibited racial discrimination and granted everyone their civic right.
Why Should Women Vote Today
In today’s world, it can be easy to forget that there was a time where groups of people weren’t allowed to vote in America. That’s why we think it’s so important to learn about voting history and remember that you’ve been given the chance to make a real difference many others had to fight for. Plus, you’re voting for people who affect your daily life. Everyone wants to have people represent them who you believe can make a positive impact.
How to Prepare to Vote
We know that voting can seem overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. If you’re feeling hesitant to vote because you’re not sure if you’ve prepared properly, don’t worry! We’ve made a list of easy things that’ll help you get ready for November:
- Research the candidates for both state and national elections.
- Find out more about the political parties.
- Review California’s rules and regulations.
- Register to vote. If you don’t know how to do this, we cover it all in our blog.
- Look up the nearest polling station if you’re not voting by mail.
- Remember to fill out your ballot through the mail or at the polls!
Get Out There and Vote
The United States benefits when the voices of everyone are heard and listened to! That’s why we hope all our students will contribute their informed opinions to this election. If you have any more questions about how to prepare, reach out to your local county officials and they’d be happy to help.